Friday, August 9, 2013

25 YA Fiction Pick and Mix - 8/10/13 Edition plus Giveaway: OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay

Before we go on with the weekly business, I want to give a shout out to good news. LOTS of good news. My friend Stina Lindenblatt has a new book deal, Dahlia Adler has a new agent, Lydia Sharp has a new agent, and lots of people I admire the heck out of have new books out, or new deals coming.


I am always delighted to hear good bookish news, not only because I love when good things happen to people I like and/or respect, but also because it usually it means great books are in the pipeline.

I was over at the Free Expressions blog earlier this week with a post for writers who worry whether it will ever happen for them. Go read it and renew your faith in the literary Santa Claus.

Thought for the Week

Young Adult Novel of the Week

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Margaret Stohl's first solo book after the fabulous BEAUTIFUL CREATURES couldn't be more different from a Southern Gothic, and at the same time there are similarities of theme that make me think someone who loved BC is going to love ICONS as well. The author offers such stunning, complete world-building and detail that you believe from the beginning. And unlike so many authors who want their characters to be perfect and likable, she takes us to places that feel true for these characters, in this situation, doing what they have to do. Bravo.

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Young Adult Giveaway  

Complete the form below to win a copy of OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay

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In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret...

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

The winner of last week's MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN by Corinna Vacco: Victoria Zumbrum 

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Rocked by his father's recent death and his mother's sudden compulsion to overeat, Jason lashes out by breaking into the abandoned mills and factories that plague his run-down town. Always by his side are his two best friends, Charlie, a fearless thrill junkie, and Cornpup, a geek inventor whose back is covered with cysts. The boys rage against the noxious pollution that suffocates their town and despise those responsible for it; at the same time, they embrace the danger of their industrial wasteland and boast about living on the edge. 

Then on a night the boys vandalize one of the mills,  Jason makes a costly mistake--and unwittingly becomes a catalyst for change. In a town like his, change should be a good thing. There's only one problem: change is what Jason fears most of all.

More Young Adult Giveaways:

Young Adult Reader of the Week:   


She absolutely loves reading all genres of books. Plus some video games get her hooked. :) Especially Resident Evil.

* Want to be the reader of the week next week? Leave a comment on our Thursday or Friday posts! 


Young Adult Writer/Blogger of the Week: 

Carol Riggs of Artzicarol Ramblings

Carol is a YA writer represented by the fantastic Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She is also a member of SCBWI, and has a degree in Studio Arts. She's a Christian who lives in Magalia, California, with her hubby. Her blog is always a great mix of craft and inspiration, and she gives tirelessly of her time and enthusiasm to every writer who needs it.

Check out Carol's blog! 

And here are a few of her great posts to sample:

* Want to be the blogger of the week next week? Leave a comment. I'll pick from among the bloggers who leave comments here on the blog today through Wednesday.

Writing Tip of the Week

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Writing Brain Fuel     

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Getting Published

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What About You?                     

What are you reading? Writing? Have any quotes or thoughts you'd like to share? Did you find or write any book reviews or blog posts you want to let people know about?


  1. Oh my!! Thank you for the spotlight :) I absolutely love re-tellings so I am really eager to read Of Beast and Beauty!

  2. Great Post! I love the author of Of Beast and Beauty. Thanks for the giveaway! <3

  3. I have been reading a lot and have a boatload of reviews to write up this weekend. Sometimes it is just hard to put what I want to say on the page ;) Thank you for sharing with us all these inspirational tips.

  4. So excited for all the books in this post.

  5. I have really been wanting to read Of Beast and Beauty for so long now! I love reading fairy tale retellings so this is right up my alley. And it's such a different twist on it too.

  6. Thanks for sharing these titles and descriptions. I also can't wait to check out the great links you shared on writing tips!

  7. So excited for Stina! And it is awesome seeing so many of my friends, including you, getting published.

    Great choices picking Vivien. She's a fantastic reader and follower. And I love Carol's blog.

  8. Can't wait for Of Beast and Beauty! I love re-tellings of beauty and the beast.

  9. This looks like a great book. It is going onto my TBR list -- the impossibly long one. Thanks for telling me about it and for running the giveaway.

  10. Great tidbits shared from this week! Still very thrilled for Stina :-)

  11. Sounds like a great book! :) Thanks for having the giveaway!

  12. Great links. thanks for supplying them. Janice Hardy is one of my (other) favorite blogs!

  13. All look like incredible reads.

  14. Thank you so much for the shoutout, and for all the great links!

  15. This sounds interesting

  16. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  17. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Lots of wonderful books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. I really like to read retold stories. Beauty and the Beast is at the top of my list. Thanks!!

  19. Aw, I'm part of this post! You're so sweet. Thanks for the blog recommendation and shoutout. And for the giveaways that let writers and readers keep up with the latest in books!

  20. Wow, great links! :D I'm going to spend a lot of time checking them out!

  21. Thank you for this giveaway! The storyline of this book is so interesting so I cant wait to read it :D

  22. Thanks for the giveaway. The instant I heard about this retelling, I wanted to check it out.

  23. I always like to read a different authors take on a story I'm familiar with.

  24. I already have Of Beauty and Beast on my list!


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